Personalised Sessions on giving an impactful talk and how to ensure your presentations are engaging and memorable Components would be Structuring your talk. Audience Profile Analysis. Addressing critical Verbal/Non Verbal Do’s and Don’ts Organisation & Delivery of appropriate content Visual Aids support
The Importance of Public Speaking & Presentation
Even if you don’t need to make regular presentations in front of a group, there are plenty of situations where good public speaking skills can help you advance your career and create opportunities.
For example, you might have to talk about your organization at a conference, make a speech after accepting an award, or teach a class to new recruits. Speaking to an audience also includes online presentations or talks; for instance, when training a virtual team, or when speaking to a group of customers in an online meeting.
Good public speaking skills are important in other areas of your life, as well. You might be asked to make a speech at a friend’s wedding, give a eulogy for a loved one, or inspire a group of volunteers at a charity event.
In short, being a good public speaker can enhance your reputation, boost your self-confidence, and open up countless opportunities.
However, while good skills can open doors, poor ones can close them. For example, your boss might decide against promoting you after sitting through a badly-delivered presentation. You might lose a valuable new contract by failing to connect with a prospect during a sales pitch. Or you could make a poor impression with your new team, because you trip over your words and don’t look people in the eye.
Make sure that you learn how to speak well!
Chances are that you’ll sometimes have to speak in public as part of your role. While this can seem intimidating, the benefits of being able to speak well outweigh any perceived fears. To become a better speaker, use the following strategies:
- Plan appropriately.
- Engage with your audience.
- Pay attention to body language.
- Think positively.
- Cope with your nerves.
- Watch recordings of your speeches.
What do you think makes a public speaker great?
For me, a great speaker is someone who’s thought carefully about their topic, cares about bringing value to their audience, and has taken the risk of showing up themselves. Clever phrasing and a smooth delivery are fun, of course; but what I really want to hear is you, bringing your ideas to life in a way that provides value for me and I believe that, bottom line, that’s what most audiences want, too.
Should public speakers move their arms and walk around the stage?
The question to ask about movement and gestures is: Am I using them for emphasis,or randomly, in a way that distracts the audience? When you’re comfortable onstage, you’ll move and gesture in a way that underscores what you’re saying instead of coming from nervous energy. It’s not about too much or too little, it’s about being your most effective.
How can you build on my “public speaking strengths” when I don’t have any?
OK, calm down! Of course you have public speaking strengths!
You’ve been talking to people since roughly six days after you were born, and it’s hard for me to believe that none of those conversations went well. Also, while this may seem counter-intuitive, all of your personal skills, experiences, and achievements are potential public speaking strengths. You don’t yet know how to translate your success at chess, or weightlifting, or accounting, or parenting into success as a communicator. But that’s OK, I’ll show you how.
Is there an ideal public speaking style?
No. Each of the four styles has strengths and challenges. The key to success for every public speaker is to use your own presentation skills, public speaking personality, strengths, gifts, perceptions, and experience to the fullest, and to enjoy doing it.